Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Trump Expands Fear-Mongering ‘Be Afraid Of The Caravan’ Campaign On Twitter

Trump Expands Fear-Mongering ‘Be Afraid Of The Caravan’ Campaign On Twitter

But U.S. President Donald Trump ramped up his pre-election focus on the caravan and others behind it, talking of creating a U.S. military force on the border that would outnumber the migrants, many of them women and children.

Trump says he's sending thousands of U.S. troops to stop an "invasion" of migrants at the U.S. -Mexico border even though the migrants are on foot hundreds of miles away.

Mexican law enforcement officials deported two migrants traveling in the caravan that is headed for the US border as they are reportedly fugitives wanted for their roles in a triple murder and drug trafficking.

"The number of troops deployed will change each day as military forces flow into the operating area, but the initial estimate is that the DOD will have more than 7,000 troops" both active duty and Guard units supporting Department of Homeland Security officials in border cities in California, Arizona and Texas, Northern Command officials said Wednesday.

The commander in chief said Wednesday that as many as 15,000 troops could be headed to the U.S. -Mexico border, which would top the number military leaders have said they're planning to send.

Trump has tweeted that the caravan is a "National Emergency" but has made no formal declaration as required under the 1976 National Emergencies Act, which governors executive powers.

Although the goal of Faithful Patriot may be to "harden our ports of entry" in border states, as Customs and Border Protection chief Kevin McAleenan recently stated, those U.S. troops deployed to the U.S. -Mexico border can't actually harden anything. Republican Congressman Jason Smith said he was glad Trump is taking a stance on the caravan issue.

Trump tweeted Wednesday that Mexican soldiers were "unable or unwilling" to stop the thousands of migrants moving toward the United States border.

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Already, the deployment is believed to be the largest of its kind in more than a century.

President Donald Trump has pledged to set up tent cities to detain the migrants until their asylum cases can be heard in U.S. immigration court - a process that can take several years.

President Trump is delivering last-minute remarks on immigration from the White House's Roosevelt Room, CBS News has confirmed through a White House official.

However, a previous deployment of 6,000 troops from 2006 to 2008 cost $1.2 billion, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has reported.

"The support that we provide to the Secretary for Homeland Security is practical support based on the request from the commissioner of Customs and Border Police", Mattis said during a joint press conference with South Korea's defense minister.

Meanwhile, Trump has also vowed that the illegal migrants won't be allowed to cross into the U.S. Immigration's a very important subject, ' Trump said.

The migrants from Honduras say they are seeking to escape deteriorating crime-related, political and economic conditions.

In a related press conference, the head of US Northern Command Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy was asked by reporters what the objective was of sending the troops.

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